My Alkaline Diet

Easy Tips for Your Alkaline Diet Plan

Posted on: June 10, 2010

Because of today’s lifestyle which is often referred to as the “rat race,” one of the things that suffers most is our diet. We end up eating foods that are easy to buy (a.k.a. fast food), but which are not always appropriate for our overall wellbeing. The result is short-term and long-term health problems. Yet all that was needed was an alkaline diet plan to save us those mountains of medical bills and a lifetime of physical discomfort. If there is one thing that is common with the foods that are harmful to the body, it is in their level of acidity. The body needs a healthy balance between acidic and alkaline nutrients, to enable it to function at its optimum. In fact, the body’s pH level (or level of acidity/alkalinity) tilts slightly more towards alkalinity. It is unfortunate that many of the meals we eat today, especially processed foods, are mostly acidic after they are digested by the body.

The good news, though, is that just like one can fix the pH level of a swimming pool, so can the human body’s pH; one can turn an acidic body into an alkaline body. For the human body, the best way to correct this is by changing your current meal plan into an alkaline diet plan by introducing certain foods that are naturally alkaline. Even though this will not result in an overnight change of the body’s pH level, its results will be apparent if one keeps at it.

Foods that one can use to alter body pH through an alkaline diet plan include Lemon, Lime, Avocado, Tomato, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Rhubarb, Almonds, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame, Flax, spelt, Lentils, Cumin Seeds, Sprouted Seeds, Asparagus, Artichokes, Cauliflower, Radish, Swede, Cabbage, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach, Turnip, Chives, Garlic, Carrots, Green Beans, Beetroot, Celery among others. On the other hand, increasing alkalinity must be accompanied by a reduction in the intake of acid-rich or acid-causing foods like carbonated drinks, vinegar, white breads, white pasta, mayonnaise, coffee, beer and foods containing saturated fats.

One must be careful of course not to go to the other extreme and end up with a hyper alkaline body. Remember that moving into an alkaline diet plan does not mean neglecting all foods that are acidic. Nutritionists have long known that many foods we know to be acidic, actually transform into an alkaline state once they go through the digestion process. Good examples of these types of foods are oranges and lemons. These citrus fruits contain citric acid when in their raw form but are converted into alkalis as they go through the digestive tract.

Checking one’s pH level is no longer that difficult. There are strips available at your local medicine store just that can help you determine your body’s pH levels. A number of websites now also provide a section where one can do an alkalinity test online. This is done by using data that the end user enters as relates to their diet to come up with an estimate. This will of course have a significant margin of error due to the limited amount of information one can provide to the website and the widely varying acid and alkali content of different specimen of the same food type.

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